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Tim Hagen

Tim Hagen founded Progress Coaching, a Training Reinforcement Partner Company, in 1997. His entrepreneurial career began in college leading to positions in sales, sales management, and sales training for small and large corporations, and eventually ownership of several training companies. Tim is often a keynote speaker at companies teaching the value of coaching and conversations in the workplace. He possesses a unique combination of hands-on experience, academics, and innovative insight to solve the industry’s most common challenges specific to workplace performance. Tim holds a bachelor’s degree in Adult Education and Training from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

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Coaching Confidence

By Tim Hagen on Tue,Mar 23,2021 @ 08:06 AM

Confidence is a very brittle element. Confidence comes from two primary sources, practice & positive reinforcement. Constructive feedback rarely instills confidence.

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Coaching Virtually: Part One

By Tim Hagen on Tue,Mar 09,2021 @ 10:15 AM

This video provides a strategic set of methods you can use to drive your virtual coaching. If intrigued schedule a chat with us to find out about all our new coaching services and products

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The Most Politically Incorrect Podcast Episode About Leadership

By Tim Hagen on Wed,Jan 27,2021 @ 04:39 PM

This episode is not about political views rather using politics as a frame of reference to understand the merits of leadership in the ability to converse with other people.

If intrigued ask us about your Why Leadership Conversations Matter Training

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Attention Leaders! Help Your Employees Claim Their FAME

By Tim Hagen on Tue,Jan 19,2021 @ 03:38 PM

I recently heard in a group discussion that people must communicate with one another and employees must share upward to their direct leaders their feelings and frustrations. Somebody made the comment it's all about culture and I actually somewhat disagree with that. Conversations create cultures and we have to fuel employees minds positively as well as position leaders to learn how to coach and help their employees feel good about getting better. This episode reveals the methodology of how organizations can build an employee movement program that helps them accept feedback professionally and thoughtfully, how they can develop their own positive attitude and motivation, and how to truly be an engaged employee consistently.

If intrigued reach out to me and I'd love to share with you what we're doing with employee coaching programs to accomplish just this:

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Ben White Interview: Hiring & Recruiting Strategies for Talent Development in 2021

By Tim Hagen on Tue,Jan 19,2021 @ 03:36 PM

 This podcast episode is an interview with Ben White one of the leaders at Titus Talent Strategies. Ben and I discuss the latest trends in talent development and recruiting from both the hiring and candidate perspectives. He shares very interesting strategies that both the organization and job seekers can utilize during these very awkward times.

Reach Out To Ben With Questions or Help You May Need:

Who is Titus:

Titus is a Performance-Driven Recruiting Firm

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Workplace Cultures Require Proactive "Positive" Coaching

By Tim Hagen on Mon,Jan 11,2021 @ 03:32 PM

Often, organizations drive improvement in their workplace cultures reactively. Organizations will create programs or initiatives that react to marketplace conditions such as industries that are in decline or maybe even in reaction to a pandemic crisis. At the core of every organization should be leaders across the board proactively providing positivity to each and every one of their team members. Here are some basic suggestions on how every leader can do this:

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Attention Employees: CLAIM your FAME

By Tim Hagen on Mon,Jan 11,2021 @ 03:21 PM

This episode takes a very unique look at the talent development field. The objective of this podcast is to provide insight as to what organizations can do to develop communities of people that are accepting of feedback and coaching. Organizations spend millions of dollars in leadership training; whereas, the missing piece might be training and coaching employees from a foundational perspective. What if employees were taught how to develop a positive and professional relationship with feedback? What if employees minds were fueled to build and maintain a positive daily attitude? What if employees were taught how to self motivate them to seek career development paths in their own? What if employees were taught their role and responsibility of being professionally engaged employees? If these things occurred wouldn't leaders have a better opportunity to develop their teams?

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Why Leadership Conversations Matter

By Tim Hagen on Sat,Jan 02,2021 @ 07:40 AM

Leaders must possess the ability to navigate conversations now more than ever. We need people to perform yet at the same time we need people to know we care and that we truly are invested in their well-being. This is easier said than done. Organizations and leaders need to invest in their conversational skill development. Think about an employee who is not performing well and maybe eight other employees who are performing well and you need to address that one employee. This seems on the surface very easy yet the eight employees might have a reaction in terms of how you interact with that one employee who is perceived to be underperforming. Conversations matter!

Think if you're a sales leader in your team just came out of 2020 doing okay yet a large number of employees have not hit their numbers. You need to sit down with them and have a conversation about increasing their numbers for 2021. Easier said than done. We often share with sales leaders you do not coach to numbers you coach people who produce numbers and this requires the ability to find out where people struggle and how to help them feel comfortable sharing such things you can have targeted information you can pursue to raise sales numbers as a partner with them. Conversations matter!

You have an employee who is struggling who has three kids at home. The employee historically has been a great employee, yet they seem to lack motivation and you know it the foundation of that motivation struggle is the fact they have had to navigate homeschooling with three kids while working. The challenge is now you need this employee to raise their game and produce now more than ever while knowing they are fatigued and stressed. Conversations matter!

If you would like information on our conversation matters training series: click here

Our training program includes an online component as well as a one to one coaching component working with one of our certified coaches where we literally measure and evaluate your conversational skills.

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2021 Year of Conversational Excellence

By Tim Hagen on Sun,Dec 27,2020 @ 01:06 PM

As we enter 2021 we need our employees to come through for us and now more than ever. With that being said we have to be sensitive and empathetic while driving continuous change that will be thrust upon organizations. This requires conversational excellence and it is incumbent upon leaders to drive change positively while maintaining empathy and sensitivity.

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Subcultures Drive Workplace Cultures

By Tim Hagen on Sun,Dec 27,2020 @ 01:05 PM

Every organization has subcultures. Subcultures either promote or undermine what leaders want in terms of their desired workplace cultures. Guaranteed, every organization will have groups that are negative and are opinionated as well as those who positively want to influence and everything in between. There are some simple rules in this 22 minute podcast master lesson of how to create a positive workplace culture by driving subcultures.

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In 2021 It's Time To Work Our Ass Off!

By Tim Hagen on Mon,Dec 21,2020 @ 12:19 PM

I know this episode is going to potentially upset some people. The goal of this is to draw attention to an area I don't think we talk enough about and that is putting in a good day's work and really working hard. While the world has turned sideways I am all for addressing mental health and showing empathy and providing people an avenue for work life balance . I don't think those things should be provided at the expense of employees understanding our current situation and working their butts off to not just protect themselves but the organization they work for. 

I would love your thoughts on this thanks Tim 

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I Almost Did Not Practice What I Preach

By Tim Hagen on Mon,Dec 21,2020 @ 12:16 PM

I hope this episode helps you so you can help other people!

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Checkout IntHRaction

By Tim Hagen on Mon,Dec 21,2020 @ 12:12 PM

This episode is a quick review of a great platform I just recently saw called measures workplaces using a very unique strategy of peer based feedback that positions the organization to build its culture , provide leaders opportunity to coach to reality, and ultimately position the employee to grow and become embedded in the organization's plans.

Checkout inHRaction:

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Want Better Workplace Coaching? Technology is NOT the Answer

By Tim Hagen on Sun,Dec 13,2020 @ 12:27 PM

This seven minute lesson will teach why technology alone is not the answer to workplace leaders becoming conversational coaches. The formula quite frankly is very simple. We tend to throw technology and problems when in fact it's good old human practice that the simple answer. I think you'll enjoy this podcast and please let us know your thoughts.

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2 Step Question Helps Build Great Customer Service!

By Tim Hagen on Sun,Dec 13,2020 @ 12:24 PM

This two-step question approach helps build great service levels while facilitating a strong emotional attachment to exchange.

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